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Jun
16
Sat
June Editing Seminar @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Jun 16 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

How to Edit Your Novel Systematically: A Method for Revising Your Book Like a Pro

Presenter: Kristen Stieffel

Writers know that great writing requires rewriting, editing, and polishing a manuscript to perfection. But writing and editing are two different skills, and writers are seldom taught how to edit. So writers approach editing haphazardly. We think editing means reading our books over and over, fixing mistakes as we see them until there are no more mistakes to find. But it is possible—and very common—to get stuck in an infinite loop of revision, because one never knows when one is finished.

Kristen struggled with this as a writer, but when she trained to be an editor, she learned a systematic method of editing that allows editors to work through a manuscript efficiently and with sure knowledge about when the job is done.

Edit checklist

In this full-day class, Kristen will teach the rigorous process professional editors use to evaluate and edit novels. You’ll learn how to build a book map to analyze (and if necessary fix) your novel’s structure. Then you’ll get tools for planning your editing in a methodical way so you can tackle issues in the correct order, avoid analysis paralysis, and—most importantly—know when you have finished. This seminar covers 10 elements of fiction:

  • Character
  • Point of View
  • Plot
  • Structure
  • Pacing
  • Setting
  • Description
  • Dialog
  • Voice
  • Mechanics

Every attendee will receive an advance copy of Kristen’s upcoming editing book, which is based on the Edit Like a Pro: Elements of Fiction series at her website.

The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration, coffee, and Second Breakfast. Teaching starts at 9 a.m. We’ll break at noon for lunch, which is included. Kristen will wrap up the teaching by 4 p.m., after which we can have Q&A time and socialize.

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Orlando Editing Seminar @ to be announced
Jun 16 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

How to Edit Your Novel Systematically

A Method for Revising Your Book Like a Pro

Writers know that great writing requires rewriting, editing, and polishing a manuscript to perfection. But writing and editing are two different skills, and writers are seldom taught how to edit. So writers approach editing haphazardly. We think editing means reading our books over and over, fixing mistakes as we see them until there are no more mistakes to find. But it is possible—and very common—to get stuck in an infinite loop of revision, because one never knows when one is finished.

I struggled with this as a writer, but when I trained to be an editor, I learned a systematic method of editing that allows editors to work through a manuscript efficiently and with sure knowledge about when the job is done.

Once the venue is confirmed, we’ll update this event with more details.

Jun
21
Thu
SoCal Christian Writers Conference @ Biola University
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

This Christian writers conference includes several continuing tracks, plus afternoon workshops and meetings with faculty members. A teen track is offered, and teens get a 30 percent discount on their registration.

Keynote speakers: Mary Demuth and Liz Tolsma

Kristen will be teaching two classes:
Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but Overlooked Element of Great Fiction and
Unventing Language: Use Real Languages to Inspire Your Fiction

Jul
19
Thu
Realm Makers @ Sheraton Westport Chalet
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day

What makes Realm Makers different than every other conference is that people with a faith-based worldview and love spaceships or dragons will find their tribe. Learn from and rub elbows with professionals from both sides of the arts spectrum—the inspirational and the mainstream.

Realm Makers’s first priority is to help foster excellence in the speculative arts, whether fiction, film, illustrations, or whatever way we can imagine to tell our stories. It’s our goal to help the artist who wants to market his or her work under the Christian umbrella, as well as those who want to pursue their goals in the mainstream marketplace. After all, both the “secular” and “religious” markets need excellent content. We recognize and applaud the fact that different artists are called to take their work to different audiences.

So, if you want to come to a Realm Makers conference, expect the atmosphere to be faith-friendly, because we know that sometimes the world of speculative fiction can offer some challenging terrain for the Christian creative.

 

Jul
21
Sat
Monthly Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Jul 21 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning.

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Aug
18
Sat
Monthly Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Aug 18 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning.

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Sep
15
Sat
Monthly Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Sep 15 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning.

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Oct
18
Thu
17th Annual Florida Writers Conference @ Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

With more than 70 workshops and panels ranging from sessions for beginners to deeper, more interactive workshops, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety.

Featured Authors: Linda Fairstein, National Guest of Honor; Heather Graham, Florida Writer of the Year; Peter Meinke, Florida Poet Laureate.

Oct
20
Sat
6th Annual Florida Youth Writers Conference @ Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Oct 20 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This event for middle school and high school students features a unique series of presentations for young writers:

  • Dynamic Dialogue
  • Writing for Video Games
  • A Passion for Poetry
  • Fight Scenes
  • Exciting Characters

We’ll also have a Q&A with bestselling authors Heather Graham and Linda Fairstein.

Monthly Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Oct 20 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning.

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